Alumni Award Recipients


Zimmerman Award

John Echohawk, BA '67, JD '70

John Echohawk is the Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organization and individuals nationwide. He has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal since 1988 and has received numerous service awards and other recognition for his leadership in the Indian law field. He was the first Native American to graduate from UNM School of Law.

Bernard S. Rodey Award

Alan Morgan

Dr. Morgan's career as an educator began in 1969 as an elementary teacher in New Mexico and increased in responsibility until he was tapped to be State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1985. He served 12 years as the chief state school officer in New Mexico, including four terms as president or vice-president of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Dr. Morgan retired from public service in 1997. For several months in 2004, he served Governor Bill Richardson as the state's first Secretary of Education.

Erna S. Fergusson Award

Joe Diaz

Joe graduated from University of New Mexico Law School in 1966, a time when graduating was not a given: You had to be exceptionally bright and you had to work exceptionally hard. After graduation, Joe built an illustrious career that has been paved by his creative and diverse leadership in our community. Working for two of New Mexico's major law firms – Rodey Law and Modrall Sperling Law Firm, where he is currently of counsel – Joe has shown it is possible to be a successful lawyer without conforming to the mold. In the 1970s, Joe was an associate of the late Arturo Ortega, a great trial lawyer and UNM Regent. From 1973 to 1990 Joe was Bernalillo County Attorney, a long tenure for an appointee of the County Commission. He also ran for Mayor. Joe is still Lobos Basketball fan and cheers on the Lady Lobos every season.

Zia Award

Kara Bobroff, BAED '92, MA '95, Ed Spec, '96

Kara is the founder and principal of the Native American Community Academy, an APS Charter School for Native American kids in grades 6-12. The school fills a community need for a curriculum that respects the culture, language and traditions for Native American Students. Kara's confidence in her students' abilities and her determination in her students' success are inspiring. She is a true asset to our community and its future.

Sue Daulton, BA '47

Sue Daulton and her late husband, Paul, have maintained a close association with The University of New Mexico that included numerous generous gifts for UNM students and programs over the years. They were among the original participants in the Presidential Scholarship Program and have continued to participate for over 20 years. Sue has worked tirelessly to ensure that quality of care through the University's nursing program, remains exemplary, she has generously provided major gifts of support for nursing scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students ands support for nursing faculty at UNM since 2006. Sue has been a donor to the School of Architecture's stunning new George Pearl Hall building and the Arts and Sciences Dean's fund. In addition, Sue and Paul were both avid UNM Lobo Sports supporters. Sue has carried that family tradition. She continues to support the Lobo Club and has assisted in the 5th year Scholarship Program through the Alumni Association's Lettermen's organization. Sue's philanthropy and volunteer activity extends beyond our university community into Albuquerque with her longtime membership in PEO and annual contributions to other charitable organizations.

Jerry Dominguez, MA '72, Ph.D. '82

Dr. Jerry Dominguez has a strong interest in providing post secondary education throughout the State, especially to those professionals who are removed from traditional higher education channels. This interest has led him to develop distance education delivery models that focus on providing educational opportunities at the post-secondary and graduate levels. In his current position as Vice Provost of UNM's Extended University, Dr. Dominguez leads the effort to provide access to UNM courses and programs to students throughout the State of New Mexico. Using a variety of vehicles, including the internet, instructional television, correspondence, and face-to-face instruction, Extended University works in concert with UNM's Colleges, Schools, Branches, and Student Service units to make courses and degree completion programs available. Extended University facilitates solutions for the student who cannot attend the UNM main campus or who chooses to take a course anytime, anyplace. Jerry Dominguez has served on a number of state, regional, and national committees to develop policy and to initiate and design education delivery systems. He has received a number of awards for his activities, including the Administrator-of-the-Year Award from the administrators of New Mexico's public schools.

Ed Mazria, MARCH '77

Ed Mazria is the founder of Mazria Architecture and Planning Conservation. He is internationally known for both is architecture and his planning projects, as well as his dedication to the principles of sustainability. Ed is the author of The Passive Solar Energy Book which has been used worldwide for three decades. He is also the founder of Architecture 2030, a research organization focused on protecting the global environment. Ed has taught at The University of New Mexico, University of Oregon and UCLA. He has won numerous awards from the AIA for design and innovation, as well as awards from the American Planning Association, the Department of Energy, and the American Energy Society. He was the first recipient of the Equinox Award and he has received the National Conservation achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation.

Brad Smith, Ph.D. '97

Colonel Bradley Smith is commander, Phillips Research Site and Materiel Wing Director, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He leads a team of 941 military, civilian, and on-site contractors who comprise the nation's Center of Excellence for military space science and technology, research and development, as well as advanced technologies integration and demonstration. His organization manages an annual budget of $378 million focused on the mission thrusts of responsive space and counterspace and space-based command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Dr. Smith is leading the effort to establish a collaborative space weather program between AFRL and the UNM School of Engineering. This effort will bring millions of research dollars and excellent job opportunities for SOE Engineering grads. His significant accomplishments have brought great recognition to UNM, the School of Engineering's Electrical and Computer Engineering Program. He is an active volunteer with the ECE Program and an invaluable resource for faculty and students. He has distinguished himself through his service to UNM, his professional field and his ongoing contributions to higher education.

Amy Wohlert, BUS '78, MS '80

Amy Wohlert is the Dean of Graduate Studies at The University of New Mexico. Dr. Wohlert's previous administrative positions at UNM include Interim Dean of the R. O. Anderson School of Management, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. In these administrative positions she has developed significant expertise in graduate curriculum development, accreditation compliance, and the pursuit of equitable access and outcomes for a diverse student body. She led the university's team for regional accreditation, implemented graduate and undergraduate program review across the university, led in the development of learning objectives and assessment procedures for the university's and the state's general education core, and collaborated in the creation of new undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including interdisciplinary programs in areas such as nanoscience and health policy. Dr. Wohlert began her association with The University of New Mexico as a student, earning both bachelor's and master's degrees at UNM. She received her doctoral degree in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University in 1989 and subsequently held faculty positions at the Ohio State University and at Purdue University before returning to UNM, where she chaired the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences from 2000 to 2004. As a Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, her teaching and research focused on the neurophysiology of speech production and the treatment of neurological disorders of speech and language. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and served as chair of the national Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Lobo Award

Randy Boeglin, BA '66, MA '68

Randy has dedicated his life to The University of New Mexico and has served this institution for over 35 years. He is currently the Dean of Students/Director of Resident Life and has held that position since 1997. Prior to that, he was the Associate Dean and Assistant Dean of Students. He has sat on numerous professional organization boards and university committees. He has drafted dozens of policies, been involved in building new residence halls, intervened at protests, and worked with hundreds of students for several decades. Randy has touched the lives of countess students throughout his career at UNM. He has spent most of his career working with Resident Life creating a learning environment for students who live in the halls. Randy will be retiring from the University in June.

Faculty Teaching Award

Anita Obermeier

An associate professor of English, Anita teaches medieval literature as well as other subjects in the Medieval Studies Program. Her aim is to help students see the roots of modern culture that began in the Middle Ages while expecting active participation and exacting scholarship from her students. Today, the art of teaching has become even more important. Anita's own joy in teaching transcends into her students' joy in learning—how education should be.

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